Please Note: The booking fee is all
inclusive when using a Visa or Mastercard.
However, American Express cards will
incur an additional 1.75% surcharge.

Christian Ethics Today: How Then Shall We Live?

Engaging Society with the Disarming Beauty and Timeless Truths of the Christian Faith

Christians in Australia are facing serious ethical issues. How are we to respond to same-sex marriage, the assisted dying bill, gender fluidity, and attempts to censor Jesus-talk in the schoolyard?

This conference seeks to draw us into reflecting deeply on our lives as Christians in this strange new age of post-Christian Australia. Our expert panel of speakers takes up the challenge to explore the foundations and practice of Christian ethics and its implications for the Church, ministry, mission, the academy, and our personal contexts. This day-conference is designed for pastors, scholars and – really – every Christian who wants to wrestle Biblically and creatively with the urgency of integrating Christian ethics for everyday life.

DATE: Friday, 18 May 2018
TIME: 9.00am till 5.00pm
VENUE: MST campus (5 Burwood Highway, Wantirna)
REGISTRATION OPTIONS: (includes conference delegate package, morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea)

  • Super Earlybird (before 26 January – Australia Day): $80pp adult/ $45pp student includes a FREE copy of the latest volume of ‘Paradosis’ on the day of the conference.
  • Earlybird (26 Jan – 16 Mar): $80pp adult/ $45pp student
  • Full Price (17 Mar – 4 May): $120pp adult/ $75pp student

Please Note: The booking fee is all
inclusive when using a Visa or Mastercard.
However, American Express cards will
incur an additional 1.75% surcharge.

Our speakers will present talks in the following areas:


Does talking about theological ethics or moral theology vaporise Christian ethics?

Prof. Mark W. Elliott
Professor of Historical and Biblical Theology
School of Divinity, University of St Andrews, UK

Ethics and Public Theology

Mark Sneddon
Executive Director Institute for Civil Society


Ethics in the Old Testament Wisdom Books

Dr. Andrew Brown
Old Testament Lecturer
Melbourne School of Theology

Greg ForbesThe Paradox of Jesus’ Strenuous Commands and Inclusive Lifestyle

Dr. Greg Forbes
Greek, Hermeneutics and New Testament Lecturer
Melbourne School of Theology


Human Sexuality and the Gay Debate: Islamic Perspectives from the Qur’an and its commentaries

Prof. Dr. Peter Riddell
MST Vice Principal (Academic)
Melbourne School of Theology

Love and Law: Metaethics in Christianity and Islam

Dr. Richard Shumack
Director of The Arthur Jeffery Centre for the Study of Islam

The Practice of Homosexuality in Islam

Dr. Bernie Power
Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations Lecturer
Melbourne School of Theology


Gender dysphoria–a medical perspective

Prof. Mathis Grossmann
MD PhD FRACP, Department of Medicine (Austin Health), The University of Melbourne
Endocrinologist, Department of Endocrinology, Austin Health

Living with ‘assisted dying’

Dr. Denise Cooper-Clarke
Adjunct Lecturer in Ethics at Ridley Melbourne
Voluntary researcher with Ethos


The Virtue of Docility in Global Theological Conversation

Dr. Thomas Kimber
Senior Lecturer in Missional & Pastoral Theology
Melbourne School of Theology

Rev. Dr. Angelo Cettolin
Dean of Faculty and Senior Lecturer in Ministry
Eastern College


Humour and the Christian Play Ethic

Dr. Brian Edgar
Professor of Theological Studies
Asbury Theological Seminary, USA

‘Doing God’ at Work: A Professional Ethos for Christian Individuals and Institutions

Rev. Dr. Gordon Preece
Priest-in-Charge, Yarraville Anglican Parish
Director, Ethos: EA Centre for Christianity & Society
Director, Uni. of Divinity Centre for Research in Religion & Social Policy (RASP)



Adolf Schlatter’s Reflections on Sin, Grace, and our Active Christian Vocation

Rev Dr. Michael Bräutigam
Lecturer in Theology and Psychology
Melbourne School of Theology